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    Default Black bears - battling it out in NJ ... an amazing video worth watching

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    thats awesome

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    This is about 25 min from my home...and prob 10 minutes from where the Rutgers student was just killed by black bear. Thx for sharing.

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    Great video! Thanks for posting the link!

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    That is incredible! The speed and power behind some of their swats is amazing. Definitely would not want to get in a fight with one!

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    Play fighting. Looks like they were having fun.
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    Definitely not a good time to go check the mailbox!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy Hamon View Post
    Play fighting. Looks like they were having fun.
    I'd have to agree. Wasn't intense enough for a real fight.....imo.
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    Crazy video, I was amazed how long the "fight" was!

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    Real fights tend to be short. Playing can go for hours. Real fights also tend to have real, loud vocalizations, whereas play fights are generally quiet, like this one. And in a real fight when a bear has another down on its back and access to its throat, the situation is desperate and the actions of the one on the ground are frantic and incredibly loud.

    Fun to watch them play. Weird to watch them play in the middle of a neighborhood, but then I live out in the boonies so I don't see bears in a place like that.
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    Thanks Troy for the insight. Makes complete sense. Still, gives one reason to have respect for the power they have.
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    I have often wondered how long a person would survive 'playing' with bears. They are absurdly powerful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Troy Hamon View Post
    Real fights tend to be short. Playing can go for hours. Real fights also tend to have real, loud vocalizations, whereas play fights are generally quiet, like this one. And in a real fight when a bear has another down on its back and access to its throat, the situation is desperate and the actions of the one on the ground are frantic and incredibly loud.

    Fun to watch them play. Weird to watch them play in the middle of a neighborhood, but then I live out in the boonies so I don't see bears in a place like that.
    Yes.....there would be a whole lot of growling going on had they really wanted to hurt one another. That sound you hear either one of, or both of them making is like a cat purring. Being in town like that, they probably had full bellies from getting into peoples garbage, feeling good, and just wanted to wrestle for awhile. Maybe a couple brothers doin' what they've been doing since birth......

    If you really want to see a fight, google brown bear sow protecting her cubs. Or brown bear fight over fishing hole. Now those are real fights.......lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4merguide View Post
    Maybe a couple brothers doin' what they've been doing since birth......

    that was one of the first things I thought when I watched the video... possibly brothers...posturing and 'wrestling' (serious or not) to determine dominance.

    While play fighting may not be fighting, as in an all out kill or be killed, I believe it probably keeps the 'kill or be killed' type of fights from being common.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JuliW View Post
    While play fighting may not be fighting, as in an all out kill or be killed, I believe it probably keeps the 'kill or be killed' type of fights from being common.
    Indeed. During the year bears will "feel" each other out by doing this. I'm sure it's part of the hierarchy that is established before mating takes place.........or the fish are in the rivers......lol

    I'm sure it doesn't take long for them to determine who's the bad ass.......
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    Those can't be New Jersey bears. They have hair and I didn't see any fist pumping!

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